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Monday, June 2, 2014

Crimson Veil (An Otherworld Novel by Yasmine Galenorn

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I’m Menolly, a vampire married to a scorching hot werepuma. And right now, we’re facing enemies on all sides…

It’s been a long and devastating week. Back in Otherworld, war has decimated the elfin city of Elqaneve, our father has gone missing, and Shadow Wing has managed to obtain another spirit seal. On the home front, somebody burned down my bar, the Wayfarer, killing eight people, including a friend.

To make matters worse, we still haven’t found a way to stop Lowestar Radcliff—the daemon in charge of a supernatural corporate power grab. He’s attempting to awaken Suvika, the lord of vice and corrupt businessmen, and we have to stop him. Our enemies are closing in on all sides, and this time, there’s no place to hide… 

All great stories must have great heroes & heroines. With Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Series, this is no exception. In her books, you enter a world of wonder, danger, whimsy, suspense, sensuality & action. Her stories depend on the strength & individuality of her central characters. Crimson Veil is the fifteenth book in the series, it continues this tradition of character strength & development through challenge, adversity & sharing.

The narration continues to be something that I love about these books, which is what caught my interest when I first started reading the series. The story here is good and while it is occasionally slow going, it isn't done to where it really detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book to where I'd try to steer people away from it. I think what ultimately makes these stories great that it's all about family n matter what happens.

I do like that Galenorn writes about the relationship between Menolly and her wife Nerissa with the same level of respect and love as the relationships she writes for characters that are not in same-sex relationships. I have enjoyed watching their relationship grow into something that they both feel secure in.

Finally, I can't close without saying that this is another really cool fantasy construct that blends our boring, mundane existence with something fantastical hidden in another world.I like the idea of magic existing on the other side of some hidden boundary. As usual Yasmine Galenorn has delivered another great read.